|Shaun Hergatt, center, cooking in the kitchen of BLT Fish; photos by Melissa Au-Yeung|
Less than a year after saying goodbye to his namesake French-food palace SHO Shaun Hergatt and splitting with partner Asher Zamir, the well-respected chef has landed a new gig as executive chef of ESquared Hospitality (BLT Fish, Casa Nonna) and is back with a new game -- one that puts the seasons’ bounty front and center, elevating it with Hergatt’s arresting art deco presentations. When asked about the idea for Juni, his new haute seasonal project, the Australian-born Hergatt alluded to the influences of “a lot of travel,” including 10 years and counting in New York. Plus, he added, “Everyone loves vegetables.”
Well, maybe not everyone -- but then again, these are not your mama’s veggies.
Juni will take up residence this spring in the Hotel Chandler (12 East 31st Street). Hergatt tells us it will be an “intimate, personal” affair of just 52 seats, offering a three- to five-course à la carte menu scheduled to change six times a year in order to “feature ingredients when they’re in season” and showcase “the best products we can get our hands on.”